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Protecting our congregation and community from coronavirus (COVid-19)

03/05/2020 12:37:13 PM


With confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) now appearing in the U.S., many are feeling uneasy or even scared. Oheb is utilizing the same "upgraded cleaning procedures" of every flu season, which includes intensive cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces/materials throughout the building.

However, the best way to prepare yourself is with information about health and best practices to avoid germ-spreading in public places. 


How can I minimize my risk?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Get a flu shot! It's not too late.
  • Hand sanitizer will work in a pinch, but handwashing is the most effective prevention.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (Like computer keyboards!)
  • Did we mention you should wash your hands?? :)

    What if you feel ill? PLEASE STAY HOME. Members, staff, and school children should not return to the building unless they have been fever-free for a full 48-hours.

    Mickey Fried Prechool and Zeman School remain open at this time, and we take our cues from the SOMA school district.

VIDEO: What you need to know about handwashing


Get creative: find a new way to say "Shabbat Shalom!"

Saying "Shabbat Shalom" does not always include a hearty handshake. Sephardim bow slightly at the waist. Yogis press their palms together. A cheery wave works, and so does a thumbs-up. Not everyone will be hugging or shaking hands this Shabbat . . .and that's okay!

We also recommend at this time, while at Oheb, that people not directly kiss the Torah, Mezuzot, or Siddurim.


Go Hands-Free at Kiddush

Prevent the spread of germs:

  • Always using a utensil (tongs, spoon, or serving fork) to serve yourself or others at an oneg, kiddush, or other event.
  • Use a fresh plate if you take a little more food.
  • Use a new cup every time you pour a drink, and do not share cups or eating utensils.
  • Don't share cookies or bagels by breaking in half with your hands—please use a knife.
  • Cut food (such as Shabbat challah) rather than tearing it.
  • Dispose of your used utensils, plates, and cups in the trash yourself, instead of waiting for maintenance staff or someone else to do it.



For all pertinent and updated information, including travel advisories:

For specific questions, see the CDC’s FAQ section:

New Jersey Department of Health:

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